Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles #1) By Marissa Meyer

November 7, 2014

Cinder by Marissa Meyer, Book Cover
Published By: Feiwel and Friends on January 3, 2012
Format Read: Kindle Edition (400 pages)
Genre: Young Adult/ Fantasy/ Science Fiction/ Romance
Series: Book One of The Lunar Chronicles
Source: Purchased

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Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl.

Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future.


“Vanity is a factor, but it is more a question of control. It is easier to trick others into perceiving you as beautiful if you can convince yourself you are beautiful. But mirrors have an uncanny way of telling the truth.”

This was a breath of fresh air. I enjoyed every page of it, and am happy I took my time getting to read it cause I can now read all the companion novellas and next books in the series without having to wait. I was hesitant to read a cyborg Cinderella story, because if it was bad I would have been so disappointed at the lost potential, but alas it rocked from start to finish.  

Aliens, Plagues, Backwards Politics, and Magic

Fast paced, plot twists and writing that made the guise of reality drop away.  I am not afraid to say I have a thing for cyborgs. But I didn't think a fairy tale would lead to a tale that is unique but also engaging.  The world building was great and left a lot to build on. I felt connected to the characters and liked that the villains didnt become caricatures, but were carefully described as the predators they were.

I also enjoyed that this book was funny at times, I laughed a few times at the silliness, and I think it helped the book flow well, without misery overshadowing the story. Cinder was a great main character who appeared to think through her actions and take her state of being in stride. There wasn't alot of woe me, but instead more problem solving and independence then I find in other YA. Definitely worth the read, and keeps you engaged in the writing throughout. I'm Hopeful for Cinder's Future and the fate of the Commonwealth.

My Other Reviews for The Series:
Scarlet (The Lunar Chronicles #2)
Cress (The Lunar Chronicles #3)
Fairest: Levana's Story (The Lunar Chronicles #3.5)
Winter (The Lunar Chronicles #4)


I live in Tacoma, Washington, with my fiancé and our two cats. In addition to my slight obsession with books and writing, I'm big on road-tripping, wine-tasting, and hunting for antiques. I'm represented by Jill Grinberg.

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